Pocket rocket Rodriguez out to shine
By ALAN THATCHER
Colombian firecracker Miguel Angel Rodriguez has flown a
long way to compete in his first Canary Wharf Classic, and he
hopes to stay longer than the first round.
The 5ft 7in Rodriguez, from Bogota, meets reigning champion Nick
Matthew in the first round and is keen to put on a good show.
said: “I am looking forward to playing in my first Canary Wharf
tournament. I have heard and read a lot about it and it is
obviously one of the best tournaments in the world, so I am
happy to be playing.
“I want to put on a good performance in London because I hear
the crowd is fantastic and that they love their squash.
Hopefully I can play well and get them on my side.
“Nick and I had a great match in America last year and I would
love to play that well again.”
Rodriguez kept Matthew on court for 92 minutes in the Davenport
North American Open last year and came close to springing a
shock victory before the Englishman squeezed to victory in the
Matthew admitted: “Miguel played really well and I thought at
one stage that I might be on the next plane home.”
is one of the fastest and fittest players on the PSA World Tour
and is renowned for some spectacular court coverage and amazing
Rodriguez reached the second round of this year’s North American
Open after beating Malaysia’s Nafizwan Adnan in the first round,
clinching victory with a devastating 11-1 win in the fourth
Miguel said: “I am very happy with the way I played and it is
nice to be in the second round of a major tournament like this.
“I enjoyed playing Nick here last year and I am looking forward
to playing him again in the first round of the Canary Wharf
Classic, after I have played in the Kuwait Cup.
“Squash is developing strongly back home in Colombia. In Bogota,
we have several country clubs, each with five or six courts, and
we have a very strong junior squad.
“We have a well-organised tournament circuit, with one event
every month, and the signs are very encouraging for the future
of squash in Colombia.”
Rodriguez lost to three-time Canary Wharf champion James
Willstrop in the second round of this year’s North American Open
and will be aiming to avoid another defeat against one of
England’s big two at the East Wintergarden.
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